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Students explore the ocean depths. In this scenario based lesson, students pretend they are on a submarine in an unknown part of the ocean. By using clues the class discusses and determines where they are in the ocean. They follow up this activity by discussing why it is important to explore the ocean.
Investigate deep sea discovery through the emerging technology being built. In this physical science instructional activity, students analyze the different types of motion available in the human arm. Students research educational websites discussing deep sea research and complete worksheets.
Students read about, discuss, and research chemotrophic organisms. In this chemosynthesis lesson, students discuss the differences between photosynthesis and chemosynthesis. They learn that chemosynthesis includes a variety of chemical reactions and they research some of the organisms that conduct chemosynthesis.
Learners explore the plate boundaries of the earth. Through the use of video, internet and hands-on activities, students examine the types of plate boundaries. They create a model to illustrate the movement and interaction of the plates. Cross-curricular activities available.
High schoolers work in groups to design, build, and test a submersible prototype. For this engineering lesson, students learn about the importance and design of submersible vessels and apply their knowledge by building one of their own. They spend a month on the project and demonstrate their finished product in a large aquarium or pool.
Students study the life of deep sea animals. In this deep sea animal lesson plan, students listen to a read aloud of Leo Lionni's, Swimmy, and use software to write and draw about deep sea animals. They sing a song about the food chain. They publish a class ABC book using research information, a word processing program, and a drawing program.
Students discover the uniqueness of deep sea hydrothermal vent organisms through an exploration of the NOAA Galapagos Rift Expedition. They study the genetics and evolution of a shrimp species that lives near the vents then they design another species of shrimp that could survive in a different portion of the rift.
After some instruction, small groups prepare a written report on chemotrophic organisms. Though not clearly mentioned, this resource would work best if groups have the Internet available to research the vocabulary and different organisms on their worksheets. Have each group share the imaginary new species that they create!